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Nature. 1980 Aug 7;286(5773):561-4.

New findings in methane-utilizing bacteria highlight their importance in the biosphere and their commercial potential.

Abstract

Recent results, showing that the ubiquitous methane-utilizing bacteria (methanotrophs) can partially oxidize and, in some cases, extensively metabolize complex organic compounds, call for a reappraisal of their role in the cycling of elements in the biosphere. Possible environmental implications and opportunities for industrial exploitation are discussed.

PMID:
6772967
DOI:
10.1038/286561a0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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